Kia Ora Koutou, Haere Mai and Welcome.
I am Amanda Baird, a Registered Clinical Psychologist living and working in Christchurch, New Zealand.
My blog post So, what’s a Clinical Psychologist then? describes the work my colleagues and I do.
I work with adults aged 18 and over and I am part of the team at Christchurch PsychMed, a clinic in St Albans consisting of Consultant Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists and two super-star Administrators. I describe my Clinical Practice in greater detail here.
I have decided to take Study Leave from mid-December 2020 until early May 2021 and so I am not currently available for new patients. I look forward to returning to my clinical practice in May full of inspiration and ready to work with those in need.
Christchurch PsychMed is working hard to fulfill the Ministry of Health requirements for working with people face to face. I am pleased to say I am able to see clients in person at the Christchurch PsychMed clinic when they are well and have not had contact with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases. I am available for appointments via Zoom or telephone where necessary.
I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and skills with groups of people. Click here to read about my Professional development and teaching services.
I am committed to working with and supporting others in the helping professions. Click here to learn how I can help with your Supervision and mentoring needs.
Continued reading and research is an integral part of my job. To see what I’m reading and books I recommend click here.
A Brief Bio
I studied at the University of Otago between 1996 and 2004, completing a Masters of Science (with Distinction) in Psychology and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology. In 2004, I moved to Wellington where I worked with the Department of Corrections and then the local District Health Board. During this time I began in private practice, initially as a consultant for the Corrections Department. Following the birth of our daughter in 2008, I was keen to return home to Christchurch. Back in Christchurch I worked for the Otago University Medical School in Christchurch as a therapist on a research trial investigating effective therapies for Depression. I moved into private practice following the birth of our son in 2011.
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